Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall Birch Tree Paintings

Fall! It's my favorite season! 

I do this project every year with the kids and they always enjoy it. It's a great way to introduce the season and start the conversation of what happens in the fall. 

Let's go!

This is one of those easy projects that can be done many different ways to suit different levels of kids as well as highlight different art techniques and ideals. 

This time around I wanted the kids to mix their own colors, so I limited them to primary paint colors. We used sponges instead of brushes, just for something different. Feel free to mix it up and put your own spin on it!

You'll always need black paper, one piece for each, something to squirt the paint into, a rectangular piece of cardboard (heavy cardboard works best), white paint, and something bigger than your piece of cardboard to squirt the white paint to make the trees. I used a piece of foil because it was handy. 

Use visuals!

Most kids don't know what birch trees look like, so take a hike, grab a book, or use a computer to show them. They'll have a better understanding of what they're going to be making. Google Images is great for this! 

Dip and drag.

Squirt white paint onto your foil that's just as long as your piece of cardboard. Then dip and drag onto your piece of paper to make the trunk of the tree.

Vance demonstrating the dipping...

and then the dragging.

Once the trunks have been made it's time for leaves.


Beautiful trees!

I'm linking this fun project up to the following parties this week:


The Girl Creative


Passionately Artistic

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

The DIY Show Off
Todays Creative BlogTip Junkie handmade projects

Tidy Mom
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19 Responses to “Fall Birch Tree Paintings”

  1. LOVE THIS! What a cute craft. I'm going to make these trees with my daughter.

  2. What a great idea! This would be fun to do with my grandchildren!
    Quilting by the River

  3. Super fun idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. What a great and simple way to paint birch trees! Thanks for sharing your fun craft!

  5. super cool idea! love the technique
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a fun with kids project and with such a great outcome. Thanks for sharing it on Motivated Monday on BeColorful

  7. I love this picture! I love how it turned out as well. Super cute. Please follow me back at

    XoXo Nicole Mariana

  8. Fabulous! They will for sure know which tree is the birch next time they are out for a hike! What a neat idea!

  9. These turned out wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog ( I'm now a follower!

  10. i completely and totally love this! i've pinned it to prove it! :)

  11. Lovely painting and awesome pictures. Really enjoyed it.

  12. Love this idea! I would love for you to share it on my link party this Friday at

  13. Aww...Love it! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!


  14. These are great, a fun way to do beautiful fall art.

  15. What beautiful trees! I love how you painted the trunks.

  16. these turned out so great! love the process!

    I am sharing on FB!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase & hope to see you again next week.


  17. This is a pretty neat project! I think my favorites are the first and
    last one because they really captured the essence of the original. I know there's a project somewhere of an artist that did paintings that look just like photographs.
    I'll try to find a link to share with you because that one was
    pretty amazing too!

    Pictures to paintings
    photos to paintings
    photo to painting
    picture to painting
    painting from photo

  18. What a great idea!
    I'm going to do it with my kids today.
    Thanks for sharing!



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